Student Targeted by 'Troll Storm' Hopes Settlement Will Send Message to White Supremacists

FILE -- Taylor Dumpson, who sued after enduring a racist “troll storm” while she served as American University’s student body president, at American University in Washington, July 4, 2017. As part of the settlement, filed this week, one of Dumpson's harassers has agreed to apologize, renounce white supremacy, undergo counseling and help civil rights groups fight hate and bigotry. (Gabriella Demczuk/The New York Times)

WASHINGTON — The first Black woman to serve as American University's student government president has won a lawsuit against a neo-Nazi website operator who orchestrated an online harassment campaign against her.

A federal judge granted default judgment Friday to Taylor Dumpson and awarded her more than $725,000 after The Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin and a follower failed to respond to her lawsuit.

The judge awarded Dumpson compensatory damages of $101,429.28, punitive damages of $500,000, and attorneys' fees and costs of $124,022.10. The judge also entered a restraining order against Anglin, his Moonbase Holdings limited liability company, and Brian Andrew Ade.

After Dumpson became student government president in 2017, someone hung nooses with bananas containing derogatory messages on the university's campus. Anglin posted an article about the incident and directed followers to "troll storm" Dumpson on social media. — (AP)

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